McCracken Basketball Camp Huntington University
IMPROVE YOUR GAME AND HAVE SERIOUS FUN
AT MCCRACKEN BASKETBALL CAMPS
Hone your skills this summer at Huntington University, one of the best colleges in the Midwest. Campers will work on improving their skills and basketball IQ in the highly reviewed Merillat Complex.
McCracken Basketball Camps Complete Skills Program offers detailed, personal instruction and drills to help players thrive, gain a deeper understanding of the game, and develop their skills at every position.
- Skill-appropriate drills for each player and drill group
- Top competition in daily league games and scrimmages
- Individual and group contests for awards
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Camp Director Todd German
Coach German has been involved with The McCracken Basketball Camp for over 40 years - as a camper, counselor, Assistant Camp Director, and now as Camp Director. German was a standout high school and college athlete from Bronson, MI. He played basketball at Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Manchester College; he was the leading scorer, rebounder, and MVP at. German received his master's degree from Western Michigan University.View Todd German's Bio ⟩
CAMP GOALS & IDEALS
A high school coach once told us, “Do you know why I like your camp? It’s because you teach – you don’t just throw out the ball and say ‘play’.” The two long-stated goals of The McCracken Basketball Camp are that each camper should 1) have fun; and 2) learn to become the best player that he or she can possibly be. We work toward both of these goals in every camp activity.
I think that basketball must be fun, and that players should look forward to going to the gym. We work to make learning how to play basketball interesting and enjoyable. Making things fun doesn’t mean not working hard. Hard work can be fun, if approached with the right attitude (just ask any former camper about our Defense Day or Stations). We also feel that being positive and offering encouragement when teaching basketball is very effective in improving a player’s confidence and interest in the game.
Our second goal is that campers work to be the best they can possibly be. We have been saying this for 50 years. To do this, it is important that players learn how to play the game correctly, and that they practice those techniques. Playing games is good for improving reactions and decision-making in game situations, but there are limits to how much improvement can be made if all a developing player does is play games. Our program will give an advantage to the individual player looking to improve. In competition, players tend to shy away from their weaknesses (off-hand, outside shooting, etc.) or parts of their game where they’re simply not as confident yet, as it might lead to a turnover or missed shot. In a game situation, the next thing the player knows, he or she is sitting on the bench. At camp we give detailed instruction along with repetitive drills that will give campers the ability and confidence to become more complete players. We also show drills and practice techniques that can be used to continue to improve individual skills. Those individual skills (both basic and advanced) can be mastered and, only then, blended with those of other players so that a team may have success.
P.S. to Parents:
Parents ask me why they should send their son or daughter to our camp. What makes our camp so different from other camps? It’s no secret. Our philosophy is that we believe in personal attention for each player, both on and off the courts. We are not an assembly line, stuffing kids into slots. The individual is the most important part of our camp and always will be.
We would appreciate the opportunity to work with your son or daughter. If you have any questions about the camp program, supervision, safety, staff, etc., please call or email me directly.
Phone: (260) 432-0099
JULY 8-11, 2019
All Campers Check-in: Monday between 1PM-2PM.
All Campers Closing Ceremony: Thursday at 3:30PM. Check-out following at 4:30PM.
Available upon request at check-in time for a $20.00 deposit. Deposits will be returned at checkout when the room key is returned. The deposit is forfeited if the key is lost.
If you wish to receive mail while at camp, please address as: Camper's Name, c/o McCracken Basketball Camp, Huntington University, Huntington, Indiana 46750
Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff live in the dormitories with the campers and participate in all camp activities, both on and off the court.
EXTENDED DAY CAMPERS
On the first day of camp, all extended day campers should arrive between 1PM-2PM dressed and ready to play. Drop off and pick up locations will be given out at registration.
♦ Commuter Campers stay until 9:45PM.
♦ Dinner is provided.
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-9:45PM.
♦ Lunch and dinner provided.
♦ Commuter Camper Hours are 9AM-4:30PM.
♦ Lunch is provided. Check-out immediately following closing ceremony.
Daily Schedule: MON 2PM-9:45PM, TUES-WED 9AM-9:45PM, THURS 9AM-4:30PM
Campers are allowed to bring a cell phone to camp. Cell phones must be kept in the dorm room and can only be used there (not in the gym, cafeteria, etc.). Please talk to your child prior to arrival about using cell phones only to communicate important camp information (pick-up time, game schedule, etc.). We would also hope that you, as parents, keep calls to your child to a minimum. Part of the camp experience is giving your child the chance to get away and to be on their own. Cell phones are not necessary as there are pay phones available. Should an event arise, the Site Director will have a phone available for campers to use and/or will personally contact the parents.
A group picture of the campers may be ordered at check-in time for a fee of $5. The group picture will be handed out before the end of the camp session.
Complete first aid facilities are available. A hospital with 24-hour emergency service is located nearby.
Transportation is not provided by the camp to or from any airports. If you are flying to or from camp, we recommend using an airport shuttle service. Please schedule flights as close as you can to the check-in times on the first day and check-out times on the last day.
A detailed camper registration packet containing check-in location, health/release forms, emergency contact numbers, and a checklist of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers prior to the start of camp. The health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp. DO NOT MAIL. If you have special medicines to take, bring them with written instructions on the reverse side of the health report.
*Please note, this information is subject to change.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:30 AM Wake-up
- 8:00 AM Breakfast
- 9:00 AM Lectures/Demonstrations
- 9:45 AM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 12:00 PM Lunch
- 1:00 PM Rest
- 2:00 PM Lectures/Demonstrations/Contests
- 3:00 PM Drills/Stations/Scrimmage
- 4:30 PM Individual Instruction/Free Time
- 5:30 PM Dinner
- 6:30 PM League Games
- 9:00 PM Night Program
- 10:30 PM Lights Out
Huntington University is located in Huntington, Indiana, 20 miles southwest of Fort Wayne, just off U.S. 24. In past summers, campers have stayed 2 per room in the dorms on campus. All meals will be served in the school cafeteria.
Basketball instruction and play will take place in the Merrilat Physical Education and Recreation Center. The Merillat Complex is one of the region's premier fitness facilities. This 86,000 square foot facility houses the varsity gym, racquetball courts, weight rooms, exercise equipment, aerobics room, and spacious Fieldhouse. Outside are the Klopfenstein Tennis Courts, soccer field, and softball field. The Complex is home to the Department of Physical Education, Health, and Recreation. It is also the headquarters of Huntington University Athletics.
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Your camp was perfect for our team!
July 15, 2018: Our team had a spark in their eyes and a spring in their step like I have never seen before. They were laughing, talking, excited, telling “camper” stories and complaining about how hard they worked. All good. They were proud of their accomplishments and held “defensive” posture for more than an hour.As for me, seeing these boys with sparks in their eyes and excitement in their demeanor was good for my soul. Your camp was perfect for our team. Thank you to each staff member for their time, care and energy they provided to all campers. Thank you so much.
I loved the entire experience.
August 3, 2016: I loved the competition, the counselors, the entire experience. I have learned so much since my first time attending. I enjoyed meeting all of the good campers and learning from them.
— Anthony B. Camper
Keep doing what you're doing
July 29, 2015: I am beyond pleased with how all the staff at McCracken camp can include people with a variety of disabilities & medical needs without a hitch. Thank you!
— Elizabeth N. Parent
I love this camp
July 29, 2015: I loved meeting new kids and friends from all over the world; this year I had a friend from England. It has been a wonderful experience that I will never forget. If the camp is still around, I would love to send my future kids to this camp if they would play basketball.
— Kyle P. Camper